|Coin||Silver Ounce 2023 Woodland Spirits - Chipmunk|
The currency of Mongolia since 1925 has been the tögrög, which currently circulates mostly as banknotes due to the low value of earlier coins and the reluctance of the government to issue large denomination coins; however, the government has authorises many non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins to be issued for collector's purposes.
Collector coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes and are often not related to the country itself. Many of them are in internationally popular sizes, including the one troy ounce (1oz) of gold format.
This coin is part of the Woodland Spirits series which features animals in colour and high relief.
The mint says about it:
We proudly celebrate the 6th edition of our beloved Woodland Spirits series with the Siberian Chipmunk. In the wild, it prefers coniferous forests, rocky areas in woodlands or along streams in northern Europe, Mongolia, Russia, China and Japan as its habitat. These fluffy looking rodents usually live solitary lives; however, during winter they create a burrow, often sharing it with a fellow chipmunk. Behold this cute little chap cuddling up in the autumn leaves - a familiar feature of the series.
The obverse of the coin depicts the logo of Mongolbank (the Bank of Mongolia), which is formed as a round coin on a lotus bouquet associated with purity, delicacy and stability. Three fire flames and a blooming flower are located inside the coin. The figure symbolises eternal development and youth and the three flames represent the main national treasures. At the nominal value location the Soyombo symbol is positioned, representative of the Mongol ethnicity. There is a variation from the official logo: the name of the Central Bank of Mongolia is written below the figure as MongolBank in Latin script, and not as МонголБанк in Cyrillic which is the official script of the Mongolian language and the way the name is normally written on the logo.
On the two sides of the logo, vertically, the inscription Mongol Uls in the traditional Mongolian script.
Below the logo, on two lines the face value: 500 TӨГРӨГ (five hundred Tögrög, alternatively spelled Tugrik).
Around below, the name of the issuing country and the metal content: MONGOLIA 1oz .999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).
The background represents a forest scene.
The reverse design is coloured and shows a Siberian chipmunk in a forest.
On the left, the year of issue 2023. Around below, the name of the coin series, Woodland Spirits.
||2023 Woodland Spirits
Finish: proof, smartminting (High Relief), coloured.
CIT Item ID: 30217
Coins in the Woodland Spirits series include:
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Woodland Spirits - Fox, 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Woodland Spirits - Rabbit, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Woodland Spirits - Raccoon Dog, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Woodland Spirits - Hedgehog, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Woodland Spirits - Deer, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Woodland Spirits - Chipmunk, 2023